Reporter Staff Report

Most were calling it a shocker.

Walnut Springs (12-6, 0-1) scored 13 points in the opening period then tallied only 10 the rest of the game, falling to Morgan 24-23 in the District 25-A Division II girls basketball opener last week.

The Lady Hornets went cold after the big first quarter, which saw them jump out to a 13-4 lead.

Morgan held Walnut Springs scoreless in the second and to only three points in the third and seven in the fourth.

Morgan scored five points in each of the second and third quarters to cut its deficit to 16-14 entering the fourth quarter, then put up 10 in the final frame to take the win.

Brooke Townley scored seven points, Shakota Billman and Rosa Fabela added four each, Ashley Mitchell and Monica Muniz both scored three and Cheyenne Stephens chipped in with two for Walnut Springs. Stephens also led the team in rebounds with 13.

The Lady Hornets previously closed out their pre-district slate in winning fashion, knocking off Covington 37-28.

The game followed much the same pattern, with Walnut Springs being hot early before cooling off drastically.

The Lady Hornets led 18-6 after one, but a 10-2 deficit in the second cut their lead to just 20-16 at the break.

Covington edged WS 9-8 in the third to trail by just three entering the fourth, but the Lady Hornets came somewhat back to life in that period, using a 9-3 advantage to put the game away.

Stephens posted a double-double with 12 points and a dozen rebounds.

Shakota Billman scored seven points while dishing out four assists. Mitchell and Denver Daughtry both scored six points while Muniz and Townley each added three. Townley also had four steals in the win.

The Lady Hornets resumed district play Tuesday against Kopperl. They visit Iredell Friday.